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Make Mom's Day With A Craveable Brunch

By Family Features

May 9, 2024

There's perhaps no better occasion to show off your kitchen skills than Mother's Day, a perfect opportunity to turn the tables on mom and let her relax while you handle cooking duties. A homemade breakfast - or better yet, letting her sleep in for brunch - is a sure way to win her over and show how much you care.

Show your delicate side by working up a batch of Apple Ricotta Crepes, which require a soft touch to cook the light, silky batter to golden perfection. This rendition of the beloved thin pancakes calls for a Ricotta Spread and Apple-Cinnamon Topping for a delightful pairing of savory and sweet.

If a full Mother's Day celebration is on the menu, something a bit heartier may be required. A Frittata provides the best of both worlds, as it's a filling meal that's also easy to make - just let the oven do the work. This Apple, Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata is no exception as it calls for a handful of everyday ingredients you can whisk together in a cinch. While it's in the oven (about 30 minutes, give or take) you can put the finishing touches on your last-minute decorations and handwritten cards.

Special occasions with those you love can be uplifted with the aroma and flavor of Envy Apples that offer an invitation to savor small moments around the table. Available at Whole Foods and other major grocery stores, the craveable texture and crunch of this leading apple variety provides balanced sweetness as the ultimate apple experience for Mother's Day gatherings. Along with their delicious flavor, the flesh remains whiter longer, even after cutting, slicing, dicing or cubing, so that homemade meals look as good as they taste.

Apple Ricotta Crepes
Yield: 12 Crepes (2-3 Crepes per serving)

• 1 Cup of Flour
• 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
• 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
• 1 Cup of Whole Milk
• 2 Eggs
• 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
• Butter, for cooking

Apple Topping:
• Butter
• 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
• Envy Apples, sliced or cubed
• 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
• 1/8 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
• Salt, to taste
• Maple Syrup

Ricotta Filling:
• 1 Cup of Ricotta Cheese
• 1 Lemon, Zest and Juice only
• 2-3 Tablespoons of Sugar, or to taste

To make the Crepes: In a bowl, combine the Flour, the Sugar and the Salt. Add the Milk, the Eggs and the Vanilla then, using the whisk, combine it thoroughly. The mixture should be silky smooth. Refrigerate.

To make the Apple Topping: In a pan over medium heat, heat the Butter and the Brown Sugar until it is bubbly and golden.

Add the Apples, the Cinnamon, the Nutmeg and the Salt, to taste; cook over medium-low heat until the Apples are soft. Turn off heat and finish with the Maple Syrup.

To make the Ricotta Filling: Combine the Ricotta, the Lemon Zest, the Lemon Juice and the Sugar, mix well and set aside.

In a nonstick pan over medium-low heat, melt a small amount of the Butter.

Add one ladle of Crepe Batter, cook until the bubbles form, flip and cook until golden. Repeat with the remaining Batter. Stack the Crepes to keep them warm and soft.

Spread the Ricotta Mixture thinly onto the Crepes and fold into quarters. Top with the Apple Mixture and serve.

Apple, Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata

• 6 Eggs
• 1 Teaspoon of Hot Pepper Sauce
• 2 Teaspoons of Kosher Salt
• 20 Turns of Fresh Cracked Pepper
• 1/4 Cup of Whole Milk
• 1 Envy Apple, small diced
• 1/2 Cup of Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
• 4 Ounces of Goat Cheese, crumbled
• 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced Chives

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the Eggs, the Hot Pepper Sauce, the Salt, the Pepper and the Milk until well combined.

Stir in apples, tomatoes, goat cheese and chives until well combined.

Using a 1/3 measuring cup, spoon the Frittata Mixture into an oven-safe large skillet or 9-by-9-inch pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the Eggs are set.

Let cool slightly then serve.

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